JANUARY 10, 2021

My comment: When Trump withdrew from the WHO at the beginning of this pandemic, I realized that this was the most evil entity that has ever taken up space on this planet. One that I refuse to assign gender, race, or even species to; because that would be an insult to any form of life on this planet that deserves respect, inclusion and acceptance, and whom this “president” DOESN’T CARE ABOUT, as it is only capable of caring about itself - Feeding it’s own ego, trying to fill a hole in what I am BEGRUDGINGLY calling a “soul” - that can NEVER BE FILLED. Not in this lifetime anyway. 

An entity that doesn’t care if EVERYONE dies. An entity that actively tried to kill ITS OWN FOLLOWERS with its super spreader, mask-less rallies, and then exposed and infected its own staff at the White House after contracting Covid itself, STILL DOWNPLAYING it in the face of a quarter of a million dead from the virus at the time. And it is responsible for the deaths of at least one of its followers while watching a violent insurrection THAT IT INCITED, claiming it would take the lead in the mob, but after encouraging this coup, instead went back to it’s cave and watched the carnage for SHEER ENTERTAINMENT’S SAKE! 
Seth Meyers Calls For Trump's Removal After Violent Insurrection at Capitol: A Closer Look

 

DECEMBER 5, 2020 

pearl harbor 2020 will be available for pre-order from now until February 16, 2021, at the discounted price of 11 bucks for either digital downloads or CD, which includes an instant download of Brett Thorngren's new master of the title song! And if you order the CD, which has new and original artwork and lyrics for the original 13 songs, you will receive the digital version for free, and lyrics for the two new/old songs as well!

 

TOP 11 CORONAVIRUS SONGS 2020 
This year my top videos are going to be different in a few ways. First, I am doing my top 11 videos, for the No. 11 in the I Ching - Peace, and who doesn’t want that?! Number one will post on January 1, so that we can bring that intention into the new year. This year I’ve chosen from amongst seekers and teachers young and old, even from artists who are no longer with us, at least in body. But they all came in this year to SHOW US THINGS, things we’ve not seen before, even if they had to do it from the other side. These all also hit me on a very personal level, but I was stuck at home, pondering my life, as I trust you all were as well. They are also not listed in order of any judgement of quality, but rather in the order of how my (possibly yours too?) consciousness has evolved this year (IF we’ve been paying attention!) YES, they are all pop songs! That is because these are what are in the zeitgeist, what the most people have been exposed to. And because I believe that everyone has gone through some kind of transformation this year (I certainly did!) this is my kind of theme,: how can we move from darkness back into the light. I can only hope it went that way for you all as well…

No. 1: This song, “Ghosts” by one of the original “woke” artists, Bruce Springsteen, is a perfect intention to carry us into 2021,  When I saw he & the E. Street band perform it on SNL the line that stood out was “I’m alive” and when I looked it up and saw the title, it was a perfect reflection of my assumed theme/purpose: to be alive in the present, we have to deal with the ghosts first! And yes, there can be an advantage for staying on this planet for a while…

No 2. If we have been shifting between the five stages of grief all through this year, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s collaboration in “Rain On Me” was a shift into that one about acceptance. “I’d rather be dry but at least I’m alive…” No matter how many tears it took, or will take, yes. Absolutely.

No. 3. Confusion Wheel: this, Tom Petty’s Sept 10 message from the other side from, as we all sat in our confusion and uncertainty - wondering what was going to happen in the U.S. presidential election, describes exactly WHERE I WAS, at least! Can’t speak for the rest of you. But the reissue of “Wildflowers and all the rest” gave us many gifts and clues as to where we’re headed…

No. 4: This song, Life’s a Mess, by the late Juice WRLD, is one of several messages we got (and that are going to be here in the top 11) from someone already on the other side, in an afterlife collaboration with the brilliant Halsey, who of course is still here! Perfect description of where we found ourselves on July 6. And I can’t help but feel an intense sadness of Juice Wrlds’ passing at such a young age, and his ability to be so open with his desire for pure love and acceptance. I certainly share that with him. Do you?

No. 5: God Only Knows by For King & Country featuring the great Dolly Parton. Yes, I realize this came out in 2019, but I didn’t hear it until this February. And did I need it! Thought it was a love song when I first heard it, and it struck home then. I guess I heard it when I needed to. Only later did I realize it was a Christian song. And now in December 2020, it is yet another of those prescient songs written by those who were tapped into a future we could not have imagined before. And of course, Dolly herself is certainly a goddess, and a savior, since we all should know by now that she helped fund the vaccine that may save us from this virus…

No. 6: This song, Mood by  24kGoldn featuring iann dior is - simply irresistible! What an amazingly fun and upbeat way to talk about relationship issues and depression! I’m totally in love!!!

No. 7: It took a while for Harry Styles to fully win me over, and strangely it wasn’t his dark stuff that did it, but Watermelon Sugar, released in the spring, and “Dedicated to touching!” Couldn’t stop listening, and so had to accept that I love it! Also found out last night that if you post the #HereForRMHC with any photo or video, that McDonalds's give $100 to the Ronald McDonald House! (Look it up, they do great stuff!) A good reason to share this, or to post your own pic or vid with the hashtag!

No. 8: Katy Perry's Daisies. Almost put up a sad song this morning, but then I remembered what day it was! This came out on May 14. And it kept me going when I wanted to give up. Nuff said….

No. 9: Yes, I love The Weeknd (and the weekend!) I think this song, Blinding Lights, is probably how everyone wants SOMEONE to feel about them…

No. 10: Today is Savage - Megan Thee Stallion is not only empowering black women with this song, she is not only empowering WOMEN! She is calling on everyone to empower themselves!:

No. 11:  Demi Lovato’s intensely personal and vulnerable performance of Anyone from the 2020 Grammys. If that didn’t touch you, well… And I hope with all my heart that she does find peace.
 

POSTPONED - ALPHA CAT LIVE Q & A: NOW SUN, 2/14/21 @ 12 PM EST  

I'm afraid I bit off more than I could chew, and didn't realize how exhausted I was until I almost fainted in Target yesterday getting a replacement power cable for my laptop! So I am going to take some time to rest and deal with some things I haven't had time for lately. And I really hope you all have time to actually get some R & R with your loved ones for the holidays.! So I am moving the Q & A to Jan 17, so we can ALL recover from this incredibly challenging year! (What an understatement!)

So on Sunday, January 17, at 12 noon EST, I will be doing the live Q & A over Zoom with those of you who would just like to ask me stuff. I am not just going to talk AT you, I want to hear what you all have to say!  

So here’s how it works:  YOU send an email to alphacat with Q & A in the subject line. Include your name (first only is fine) and one or two questions. Depending on how many people submit, you may or may not get in, but your question might still be addressed. If you have the ability to raise your hand in the zoom, and there is an opening, you may also get to ask a question during the zoom. You can ask pretty much anything, and I will respond the best I can. I will do a minimum of an hour (if people show up that is) and depending on how much energy I have, a max of 2.  

The rest of the rules will be posted on the AC website soon... maybe after a good night's sleep and a Sunday off?

[FYI: These are my Christmas lights. They started off one year as Halloween lights, and then (of course) never got taken down, so I decided they would be Xmas lights as well; Christ after he had been left on the cross for a while... Yes, my sense of humor can be dark! And no, I'm not religious, but I am spiritual - so to me Jesus is the ultimate symbol of unconditional love and compassion, and if these represent his skeleton, it is because his soul has long since departed to the better place...]

NEWS FLASH

DECEMBER 16, 2020   

The December Relix Magazine is up, and Alpha Cat is on it!

 Brett Thorngren’s totally new master of “Something of Value” from our upcoming release: pearl harbor 2020, is track #5 (my lucky number!) on the winter edition of Relix magazine’s CD sampler and Spotify playlist! Please check it out, and share if you are so inclined.   
https://relix.com/playlist/    
Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/RelixPlaylistDEC20 

DECEMBER 5, 2020

pearl harbor 2020 will be available for pre-order from now until February 16, 2021, at the discounted price of 11 bucks for either digital downloads or CD, which includes an instant download of Brett Thorngren's new master of the title song! And if you order the CD, which has new and original artwork and lyrics for the original 13 songs, you will receive the digital version for free, and lyrics for the two new/old songs as well!

AUGUST 29, 2020 

From illustrator3music.com: New York City emerging recording artist Alpha Cat unveils the visual for the compelling single “Thatched Roof Glass House”

JUNE 27, 2020 

Alpha Cat Live at Vox Pop, Brooklyn, NY July 21, 2005 is now set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30 on PopMatters.com with a new accompanying interview with E. Track will be available on this website at midnight July 1. All proceeds for sales will be split equally between the Boris J. Henson Foundation and Bring Change to Mind, two mental health initiatives dedicated to helping destigmatize the seeking of, and access to mental health care for all…

pearl harbor 2020

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The underlying premise behind the writing of the lyrics for the song Pearl Harbor was fairly straightforward: If Pearl Harbor was named so before it was bombed, wasn’t it because there were actual pearls in the harbor? And assuming that to be true, what would it take to get back to a place where Pearl Harbor became once again a place about treasure, rather than destruction?

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New Album: Thatched Roof Glass House

"(Elizabeth McCullough of Alpha Cat has produced) the stunning Thatched Roof Glass House, with musical co-conspirators Fred Smith from Television as co-producer (on Black Hole), guitarist Doug Pettibone from the Lucinda Williams and John Mayer orbit, Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Elton John) on bass and Jason Harrison Smith on drums, who has laid down the rhythmic foundation for such musical luminaries as Albert Lee, Kelly Sweet and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. The musical results speak for themselves. The NYC punk-pop aesthetic shines through with attention and detail. The music is both poppy and underground performance art at the same time. It is also done with the confidence and shine of a woman who has lived life and faced hard times emotionally and physically. Young girls in the same musical fields usually have to manufacture such emotional musical content. Alpha Cat just opens her mouth and it pours (out) with an authority 23-year olds do not have the life experience to muster.."

Kay Kinta, BuzzFeed

THATCHED ROOF GLASS HOUSE

As a songwriter, I seem to have always been writing letters to my future self. Almost as a rule, each song that I have written doesn’t reveal it’s entire (?) meaning to me until sometimes years later, or upon hearing a listener’s perspective that I hadn’t thought of before they shared it. And of this song itself, even though I wrote it years ago, I didn’t truly understand the full meaning of the title until my decision to put this album out. I thought that Thatched Roof Glass House, which just came to me from the ether, by the way, was a catchy phrase, but I didn’t understand that the roof was thatched because it was in fact, archaic! 

So I can’t help but believe that the extraordinary situation in which we, as a global community, are now living is in fact the direct result of a large portion of humanity failing to love, respect and honor each other and our planet. We are all guilty of projecting our own faults onto others, rather than looking at ourselves. And I shouldn’t have to say it, but people who live in glass houses should unequivocally not throw stones...” 

CREDITS:  Written & arranged by Elizabeth McCullough / Produced by Elizabeth McCullough / Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Elizabeth McCullough / Electric Guitar: Doug Pettibone / Bass Guitar: Reggie McBride / Drums: Jason Harrison Smith / Co-Producers: Jason Harrison Smith and Jon Mattox / Engineered by Jon Mattox / Recorded at Bright Orange Studios, Reseda, CA / Mixed and Mastered by Brett (Cosmo) Thorngren

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The underlying premise behind the writing of the lyrics for the song Pearl Harbor was fairly straightforward: If Pearl Harbor was named so before it was bombed, wasn’t it because there were actual pearls in the harbor? And assuming that to be true, what would it take to get back to a place where Pearl Harbor became once again a place about treasure, rather than destruction?

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